List Of Writing Conferences

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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: InScribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference
State: Alberta, Canada
Registration Due: 9/26/13
Conf. Dates:9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:Enjoy a weekend where writers—seasoned or just beginning—connect for fellowship, encouragement, and support. Come on out and learn from the humor and wisdom of Phil Callaway, our keynote for 2014, as well as from a variety of workshops and presenters.
URL: Inscribe Christian Writers' Fellowship Fall Conference

Title: Salt Cay Writers Retreat
State: Bahamas
Registration Due: 10/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/20/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Work one-on-one With #1 NY Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 international bestselling author and Random House editor David Ebershoff, National Book Award winner Téa Obreht, agents Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris, Erin Niumata, and Jill Marr in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
URL: Salt Cay Writers Retreat

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/14/2014 - 12/1/2014
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Surprise Valley Writers' Conference
State: California
Registration Due: 8/15/14
Conf. Dates:9/11/2014 - 9/14/2014
Info:This year's conference celebrates the 75th anniversary of the publication of John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath" with Steinbeck scholar and author Susan Shillinglaw, public storytelling, roundtable and keynote speech in addition to workshops and craft lectures.
URL: Surprise Valley Writers' Conference

Title: North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:9/19/2014 - 9/20/2014
Info:The North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference will take place on September 19-20, 2014, at College of the Redwoods, Del Norte Campus, in Crescent City, CA. See Web site for more information.
URL: North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference

Title: San Diego Christian Writers Guild "Writing for Life" Fall Conference
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Our fall writers conference is for all writers–beginners to professionals, and those who are wondering if this is what they are called to do. Our workshops offer instruction in how to get started, self-publishing, fiction, non fiction, marketing, book proposals, screen writing, script writing, journalism, as well as spiritual inspiration —and more. The Friday evening and all day Saturday conference is designed to instruct, inspire and let you meet the writers, editors, and publishers who are committed to helping you write, get published and follow the Lord’s call on your life. We’re here to help you use your gifts. 15 minute consultations available to participants with select faculty (see website for details).
URL: "Writing for Life" Fall Conference

Title: Colorado Gold Conference
State: Colorado
Registration Due: 8/31/14
Conf. Dates:9/5/2014 - 9/7/2014
Info:Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers (RMFW) is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to supporting, encouraging, and educating writers seeking publication in commercial fiction. Keynote Speakers: Mark Coker - CEO of Smashwords and NYT Bestselling Author William Kent Krueger.
URL: Colorado Gold Conference

Title: Southwest Christian Writers Association "Write for His Glory" Annual Conference
State: Colorado
Registration Due: 9/1/14
Conf. Dates:9/19/2014 - 9/20/2014
Info:Beth Vogt, Keynote Speaker will speak on Creating Compelling Characters, Fundamental Story Building Steps, and two other pertinent topics for writers today. Dave Slade, author, and Ben Salazar, script writer will present sessions.
URL: "Write for His Glory" Annual Conference

Title: Moondance International Film Festival
State: Colorado
Registration Due: 7/30/14
Conf. Dates:9/26/2014 - 9/28/2014
Info:The annual Moondance International event is where you can have the best opportunity to see the best indie film, attend professional workshops, and network with colleagues, audiences, filmmakers, writers, composers, distribution executives, talent agents, and to promote your project or film industry services!
URL: Moondance International Film Festival

Title: IWWG's 37th Annual Summer Conference
State: Connecticut
Registration Due: 8/1/14
Conf. Dates:8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014
Info:Four full days of workshops, in an exclusive retreat setting, that explore the spiritual, emotional, creative, and technical sides of writing. An experience that will inspire you throughout the year.
URL: IWWG's 37th Annual Summer Conference

Title: Ridgefield Writers Conference
State: Connecticut
Registration Due: 9/1/14
Conf. Dates:9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:The 2014 Ridgefield Writers Conference features bestselling author Dani Shapiro as the keynote speaker and a new master class in fiction. The conference’s workshop model provides one of the most instructive opportunities available.
URL: Ridgefield Writers Conference

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: Gulf Coast Writers' Conference
State: Florida
Registration Due: 9/1/14
Conf. Dates:9/20/2014 - 9/20/2014
Info:This will be our 15th year for the conference and author Michael Lister along with others soon to be announced will be speaking. The conference will be held at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City Fl., on September 20,2014. Those interested can visit our website to find out more information or register at
URL: Gulf Coast Writers' Conference

Title: Florida Heritage Book Festival
State: Florida
Registration Due: 9/25/14
Conf. Dates:9/25/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:The Florida Heritage Book Festival, founded in 2008, is an annual event. Since its inception, more than 300 nationally known authors, writers, and thousands of Festival attendees have enjoyed our events. We offer author presentations, panel discussions, book signings, and a Writers Conference focusing on both the craft and the business of writing.
URL: Florida Heritage Book Festival

Title: Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference
State: Georgia
Registration Due: 9/15/14
Conf. Dates:9/26/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:See for speakers, presentations, registration forms, and more.
URL: Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference

Title: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop
State: Georgia
Registration Due: 8/25/14
Conf. Dates:10/25/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Personally intuitive and deeply motivational, this creative event is designed to unlock the door that has been blocking you from exploring the world of writing. It will ease you into your personal creativity, allowing you to fully embrace the power and grace of the written word.
URL: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop

Title: The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences, Creative Residency Program
State: Georgia
Registration Due: Apply from 8/1 to 9/15
Conf. Dates:2/1/2015 - 4/1/2015
Info:Located on 600 acres in the North Georgia Mountains, each resident has a private studio & living space, with communal meals provided four nights a week. Some funding available. No references required. Application fee: $30
The other application deadlines are:
Apply from December 1st through January 15th for the May through August residency period.
Apply from March 1st through April 15th for the September through December residency period.
URL: Hambidge Creative Residency Program

Title: Writers’ Weekend!
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 9/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/17/2014 - 10/18/2014
Info:Friday, Oct 17th – Open Mic 7:00 to 9:00
Saturday, October 18th – Mini Workshops 9:00 to 5:00 pm
You may register for 3 workshops. Lunch is included
$55.00 per person or $100 per couple. Payment must be received by September 1, 2014
URL: Writers’ Weekend!

Title: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference
State: Indiana
Registration Due: 10/17/14
Conf. Dates:10/31/2014 - 11/1/2014
Info:The English Department at Anderson University is pleased to present the Indiana Faith and Writing Conference (IFWC). Formerly known as the Indianapolis Christian Writers Conference, hosted by Wesleyan Publishing House, this event has been beloved by writers for more than ten years. The IFWC provides publishing opportunities for those communicating the Good News through the written word while mentoring writers to create works of literary and academic excellence. Our keynote speakers this year are Ken Abraham, Philip Gulley, and Lisa Sharon Harper.
URL: Indiana Faith and Writing Conference

Title: 36th annual Kentucky Women Writers Conference
State: Kentucky
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:9/12/2014 - 9/13/2014
Info:"Women mentoring women" - workshops, readings, and panels in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction with Asha Bandele, Joy Castro, Tina Chang, Sarah Combs, Ellen Hagan, Leslie Jamison, Rebecca Makkai, Jill McCorkle, Tracy K. Smith, Margaret Wrinkle, and more.
URL: Kentucky Women Writers Conference

Title: Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference
State: Michigan
Registration Due: 9/10/14
Conf. Dates:9/15/2014 - 9/18/2014
Info:Take your writing to the next level at Christian Writers' Conference. Chart your course through today's publishing options, build your readership, and grow in craft and creativity. All new features include "Experience It Live" sessions, a mock pub board in action, speed-date the experts, and creating and implementing a social media strategy.
URL: Maranatha Christian Writers’ Conference

Title: 24th Annual Flathead River Writer's Conference: Writing & Selling!
State: Montana
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:9/27/2014 - 9/28/2014
Info:Learn to improve your craft and your business savvy with workshops from top agents and bestselling authors. A writer-focused conference with opportunity for agent one-on-one, First Impressions feedback on novel pages, workshops, and meeting local authors.
URL: Flathead River Writers Conference

Title: Las Vegas Writers Conference
State: Nevada
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:4/23/2015 - 4/25/2015
Info:Join fellow writer's, agents, publishers, and marketing experts for a weekend of workshops focused on the publishing industry.
URL: Las Vegas Writers Conference

Title: CLASS Christian Writers Conference
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: 9/1/14 (early bird)
Conf. Dates:10/23/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Keynote speaker - Dennis Hensley. Exciting features such as creating a conference book (leave with another writing credit), teen track, scholarships available and much, much more.
URL: CLASS Christian Writers Conference

Title: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference
State: New Mexico
Registration Due: Online registration ends 11/5/14
Conf. Dates:11/6/2014 - 11/8/2014
Info:This unique conference provides incredible opportunities for new and established authors to promote their new books; it offers writers of all abilities and any genre the chance to learn about the craft and business of writing from award-winning authors and presenters; and it gives everyone the chance to network.
URL: Tony Hillerman Writers Conference

Title: Creative Nonfiction Workshop for Direct Service Providers
State: New York
Registration Due: 8/22/14
Conf. Dates:8/24/2014 - 9/28/2014
Info:You have listened to everyone else; now, it's time to tell your story. Experiment with the beginning stages of a memoir, write poetry and release the creativity within.
Day and time: Sundays from 4 to 6, starting the last weekend of August 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28
URL: Creative Nonfiction Workshop for Direct Service Providers

Title: Unicorn Writers' Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:3/14/2015 - 3/14/2015
Info:As valuable for published authors as it is for beginners! This conference covers the total story from craft to career. Meet industry shot-callers, get one-on-one feedback and learn little-known insider secrets to acing every department of a publishing company!
Make connections and get feedback with dozens of opportunities for one-on-one face time with industry insiders, including:
• One-on-one manuscript reading and feed-back sessions with agents and editors • Networking breakfast, lunch and dinner • After-conference networking party
URL: Unicorn Writer's Conference

Title: Millay Colony for the Arts
State: New York
Registration Due: 10/1/14 and 3/1/15
Conf. Dates:4/1/2015 - 11/1/2015
Info:Millay Colony offers 2 week to 1 month residencies to those who go through our selection process. Residencies include room, studio, and meals at no cost to the writer.
URL: Millay Colony for the Arts

Title: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program
State: New York
Registration Due: March 15th, 2015
Conf. Dates:5/28/2015 - 9/22/2015
Info:Byrdcliffe's artist-in-residence program offers writers the opportunity to live and work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony for a period of 4 weeks. Private room and studio provided.
URL: Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence Program

Title: Blue Ridge "Autumn in the Mountains" Novelist Retreat
State: North Carolina
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/19/2014 - 10/22/2014
Info:Concentration on novels of all genres: traditional, e-books, self-published. Professional faculty: novelists, editors, agents.
URL: Blue Ridge "Autumn in the Mountains" Novelist Retreat

Title: Western Reserve Writers Conference and Workshop
State: Ohio
Registration Due: 9/27/14
Conf. Dates:9/27/2014 - 9/27/2014
Info:All-day conference including workshops and pre-arranged editing sessions. Keynote Speaker for this fall: International award-winning author, Mary Doria Russell.
URL: Western Reserve Writers Conference

Title: Susquehanna Valley Writers Luncheon and Workshop
State: Pennsylvania
Registration Due: 10/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/4/2014 - 10/4/2014
Info:Nonfiction author and world traveler, Elaine W. Miller, will present two workshops, "Touching Hearts with Words." Best-selling fiction author, Marsha Hubler, will present two workshops, "What Does That Editor Expect?"
URL: Susquehanna Valley Writers Luncheon and Workshop

Title: Push to Publish
State: Pennsylvania
Registration Due: 10/11/14
Conf. Dates:10/11/2014 - 10/11/2014
Info:Whether you are an established writer or just getting started, this one-day workshop will provide valuable resources you can use to get your work in print and online. Highlights include: speed date with agents, keynote speaker Julianna Baggott, panel discussion on marketing trends, and great opportunities to network with publishing professionals.
URL: Push to Publish

Title: Peru, Weaving Words & Women
State: Peru
Registration Due: 8/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/3/2014 - 10/14/2014
Info:Immerse yourself in ancient Peru. Discover the Sacred Valley, Patacancha, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words. In partnership with Laura Tyson and True Nature Journeys.
URL: Weaving Words & Women

Title: 24th Annual South Carolina Writers' Workshop Conference
State: South Carolina
Registration Due: 10/20/14
Conf. Dates:10/24/2014 - 10/26/2014
Info:The 24th annual South Carolina Writers’ Workshop will be held October 24-26, 2014, at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with New York Times best-selling author Bob Mayer as the keynote speaker on Saturday night.

Faculty includes about 30 agents, editors, publishers, authors, as well as social media experts and industry-related vendors who will present workshops, panels, and slush-pile sessions.
URL: 24th Annual South Carolina Writers' Workshop Conference

Title: Killer Nashville
State: Tennessee
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:8/21/2014 - 8/24/2014
Info:Killer Nashville is a writers conference with emphasis on networking, individual education, and personal career planning. Our guests of honor are bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger.
URL: Killer Nashville

Title: Novel Rewriting Workshop
State: Utah
Registration Due: 8/31/14
Conf. Dates:9/22/2014 - 9/26/2014
Info:Dave Wolverton (aka David Farland) a New York Times Bestselling author, editor, and creative writing instructor, will edit the first 75 pages of your manuscript, and read the following 50 pages and your outline (10 pages), in order to assess ways to improve your writing and strengthen your work, while teaching writing lessons.
URL: Novel Rewriting Workshop

Title: The 2014 Burlington Book Festival
State: Vermont
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:9/19/2014 - 9/21/2014
Info:The Queen City's 10th annual celebration of the written word will feature literary luminaries from around the world-and just around the corner. This year's headliners include Kim Addonizio, Jeff Danziger, Jennifer Haigh, Katherine Paterson, Chase Twichell, Leslie Jamison, Sarah Pekkanen and Vijay Seshadri, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, among many others.
URL: Burlington Book Festival

Title: James River Writers Conference
State: Virginia
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:10/17/2014 - 10/19/2014
Info:Since 2003, the James River Writers Conference has attracted prize-winning authors and highly regarded editors and agents from around the country to share their wisdom about writing and publishing. More than 300 people attend this multi-day event, known for its inspiring, collegial atmosphere and Southern hospitality. Whether you plan to immerse yourself in Richmond’s literary world all three days or just for an afternoon, opportunities abound to sharpen your craft, fuel your career, and celebrate the written word.
URL: James River Writers Conference

Title: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence
State: Washington
Registration Due: 9/01/13
Conf. Dates:2/1/2014 - 10/1/2014
Info:Hedgebrook hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories.
URL: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

Title: Write on the Sound Writers' Conference
State: Washington
Registration Due: Early bird discount before 8/29/14
Conf. Dates:10/4/2014 - 10/5/2014
Info:Presented in the picturesque town of Edmonds, WA, WOTS is an intimate, unique and affordable peer-to-peer conference on the craft of writing, featuring half/whole day pre-conference workshops, critique sessions and over 30 regular conference sessions on technique, industry trends, style and craft, marketing and specialty topics. Other events include a keynote address by award-winning Sci-Fi author Robert J. Sawyer, a writing contest, and special lectures.
URL: Write on the Sound Writers' Conference

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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